Inspired by the story of Antigone, the #iSTANDfor campaign encourages young people around the world to engage with each other to support common causes—whether social, economic, or environmental—and share stories of inspiration and change on their social media channels. More importantly, #iSTANDfor spotlights and celebrates the young women and men whose individual and collective acts are changing our world for the better. The #iSTANDfor campaign is designed to jumpstart a dialogue, especially among teens and young adults, from the U.S. and around the world.
I STAND FOR STAGE
Five sessions, hourly from 1:00 to 5:00 PM | ATRIUM
Hosted by Keli Goff
No reservations required. Limited seating available.
In tandem with the #iSTANDfor global digital campaign, the I Stand For Stage is a forum for lively discussions on pressing global concerns of the day.
1 PM: I STAND FOR GENDER EQUALITY / FIGHTING FOR FUNDAMENTALS
With Masih Alinejad and Jaha Dukureh, in conversation with Richard Lui
While women in America are fighting for equal pay, women in countries all around the world are still fighting for such basic human rights as education for girls, coming out from under the veil of the hijab, or protection from the practice of female genital mutilation. Join Masih Alinejad, whose Facebook campaign to free women from the hijab motivated millions around the world, and Jaha Dukureh, who was mutilated as a young girl and is now a vocal FGM activist whose Change.org petition prompted President Obama to call an end to the practice in the U.S., and who was recently named one of 2016’s most influential leaders by Time magazine. The discussion will be led by gender equality activist and MSNBC journalist Richard Lui.
2 PM: I STAND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT / OUR FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM
With Céline Cousteau, Erin Schrode, and Christopher Swain, in conversation with David Schwab Abel
Join Christopher Swain, who swam in the U.S.’s most polluted waters to draw worldwide attention to the perilous state of our fragile waterways; Céline Cousteau, ocean and Amazon rainforest activist and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Cousteau; and Erin Schrode, a 25-year-old community activist who ran for U.S. Congress in California, along with award-winning Boston Globe journalist David Schwab Abel, as we take the earth’s pulse and prescribe steps we can all make to improve the health not only of the planet, but of ourselves.
3 PM: I STAND FOR EDUCATION / UNLOCKING POTENTIAL
With Jacob Lief and Ian Rowe, in conversation with Anya Kamenetz
What is the difference between an elementary school education in Cape Town and New York City? Join us for a fascinating conversation with two education pioneers—Ian Rowe, CEO of Public Prep, and Jacob Lief, founder of the Ubuntu Education Fund in South Africa—and moderator, acclaimed author, and NPR education correspondent Anya Kamenentz, as we discuss how to unlock the potential inside all children, no matter where they live or what their economic circumstances, and how to break the cycle of inequality that dominates the lives of millions of children not only in the third world, but right here in New York City.
4 PM: I STAND FOR WOMEN IN WAR AND PEACE
With Kim Barker, Gini Reticker and Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya in conversation with Lee Woodruff
Kim Barker’s book, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, about her years as the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune in New Delhi and Islamabad was the basis for the movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. An expert from the frontlines, filmmaker Gini Reticker’s documentary, Women, War & Peace, focuses her lens on the perils and roles of women in war zones. Critically acclaimed author Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s novel, The Watch, features a contemporary Antigone in Afghanistan in conversation about the strategic role of women in conflict and peacebuilding throughout the world. Their conversation will be moderated by award-winning journalist Lee Woodruff, author of the bestselling book In an Instant, which documents her family’s road to recovery after the roadside bombing of her husband while reporting from Iraq.
5 PM: I STAND FOR AN END TO VIOLENCE
With Sarah Clements and Jessica Mindich, in conversation with Wesley Lowery
Every single day, an average of 90 people die from gun violence. Join Sarah Clements, whose mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and founder of the Caliber Collection, Jessica Mindich. The Caliber Collection makes jewelry from illegal guns acquired through voluntary gun buyback and amnesty programs. Wesley Lowery, Pultizer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter and author of the upcoming book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era inAmerica’s Racial Justice Movement, steers the conversation.